Another cyclone aiming at Philippines

by Jojo Malig,

Posted at Sep 28 2011 06:47 PM | Updated as of Sep 29 2011 02:57 AM

Another cyclone aiming at Philippines 1
The US Joint Typhoon Warning Center's projected track of Tropical Storm Quiel (Namae), as of Wednesday, September 28.

MANILA, Philippines - Another cyclone is heading straight toward the Philippines, weather bureau PAGASA said Wednesday.

Tropical storm Quiel (international name Nalgae) will enter the Philippine area of responsibility Wednesday night or early Thursday morning, PAGASA weather forecaster Buddy Javier told ANC Top Story.

Northern Luzon will start feeling the storm's effects either Saturday or Sunday, he added.

Javier said the storm, currently located 1,330 kilometers east of north Luzon, is packing maximum winds of 75 kilometers per hour and 90kph gusts.

He said it may may gather strength as it bears down on the Philippines. "Asahan natin na pupuwede pa po itong lumakas."

The US Navy and Air Force Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) issued a similar advisory on the tropical storm.

"[Quiel/Nalgae] is forecast to intensify due to favorable outflow and warm sea surface temperatures," the JTWC said in its latest advisory Wednesday.

Javier, meanwhile, said the tropical storm may not directly hit Luzon.

"Medyo may kalayuan sa Metro Manila [ang dadaaanan]. Maapektuhan extreme north Luzon. Gigilid lang siya, base sa track na pinapakita," he said.

'Pedring' exits Philippines

PAGASA, meanwhile, said all public storm warning signals related to Typhoon Pedring (international name Nesat) have been lowered.

The typhoon left the Philippine area of responsibility around 1 p.m. Wednesday, the bureau said.

It was spotted 520 kilometers west-northwest of Baguio City as of 4 p.m.

The typhoon, moving west-northwest at 19kph, is still packing maximum winds of 130 kph near the center and gustiness of
up to 160 kph.

PAGASA said "Pedring" will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon and will bring scattered to widespread rains over western Luzon.